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Asparagus: integrating research on decline in Europe

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30861
Project type: CA (Concerted Action)
Starting date: 01-10-2000
Duration: 24 months
Total cost: 211,326 EUR
EC Contribution: 161,326 EUR
Scientific Officer: Massimo BURIONI
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
A network will be formed of EU researchers, consultants and growers who specialise in asparagus, an EU crop valued at 950 million euros per annum. This network will collate, evaluate and document in a database the existing information on the major problem of decline. Decline is the most important pan-EU problem for asparagus growers and makes the crop unprofitable to grow. The factors that cause decline are both biotic (e.g. Fusarium spp.) and abiotic (e.g. poor soil conditions, herbicide damage). An integrated strategy to overcome this problem is required. All expertise across the EU and in other countries (Poland and New Zealand) is required to solve this problem. The network will go on to develop a unified strategy for reducing or delaying the effects of decline. This information will be made available to growers in a user-friendly form. The network will co-ordinate future research on asparagus across the EU.


Coordinator
Sally RUNHAM
ADAS Consulting Limited ADAS Arthur Rickwood
Ely, Cambridgeshire
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1480 464758
Fax: +44 1480 464758
E-mail: sally.runham@adas.co.uk


Partners
  John POLL
Applied Research for Arable Farming and Field Production of Vegetables
Lelystad
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 320291111
Fax: +31 320230479
E-mail: info@pav.agro.nl
  Wim BLOK
Wageningen University
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317482260
Fax: +31 317484292
E-mail: wim.blok@medew.fyto.wau.nl
  Agnostino FALAVIGNA
Instituto Sperimentale per L'orticultura
Montanaso, Lombardo
ITALY
Tel.: +39 037168171
Fax: +39 037168172
E-mail: isoml@apm.it
  Elena KALOMIRA
Benaki Phytopathological Institute
Kifissia-Athens
GREECE
Tel.: +30 18079603
Fax: +30 18077506
E-mail: ppsall@leon.nrcps.ariadne-t.gr
  Victor AVELING
H V Aveling
March, Cambridgeshire
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +45 1354 652218
Fax: +45 1354 658439
  Peter-Juergen PASCHOLD
The Geisenheim Research Institute Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim
Geisenheim
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 6722 502512
Fax: +49 6722 502510
E-mail: paschold@geisenheim.fbl.fh-wiesbaden.de
  Mikolaj KNAFLEWSKI
Akademia Rolnicza im. Augusta Cieszkowskiego W Poznaniu
Poznan
POLAND
Tel.: +48 61 8487968
Fax: +48 61 8487999
E-mail: miknaf@au.poznan.pl
  Josef HARBICH
Joseph und Gerda Harbich
Deutsch Wagram
AUSTRIA
Tel.: +43 22472286
Fax: +43 22472286
  Maria Luisa GONZALEZ CASTAŅON
Diputacion General de Aragon-Servicio de Investigacion Agroalimentaria
Zaragoza
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 976576311
Fax: +34 976575501
E-mail: mlgonz@mizar.csic.es; Mlgonzalezc@aragob.es
   TZAVELLA-KLONARI
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Agriculture
Thessaloniki
GREECE
Tel.: +30 31996745
Fax: +30 31200392
E-mail: research@rc.auth.gr
  Didier ADAM
CTIFL Station Experimentale
Tour-en-Sologne
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 254 46 50 01
Fax: +33 254 46 50 05
E-mail: ctifl-adam@wanadoo.fr